Pickup on South Street Movie Review Summary

Actors: Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter, Richard Kiley

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PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET is a movie written and directed by Samuel Fuller in 1953. It was nominated for the Golden Lion of the Venice Film Festival and Thelma Ritter earned a nomination for the 1954 Academy award in the Best Actress in a Supporting role category.
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Skip McCoy, a professional pickpocket, steals Candy's wallet which contains a microfilm with state secrets. Candy had been told by her ex-boy-friend, a communist activist, to deliver the film to a smuggler. Unfortunately for Skip, Candy was watched by the F.B.I. as he stole her wallet.

Soon, the F.B.I., the NYC police forces as well as Candy's employers want Skip to reveal where he's hidden the wallet. The young woman and Skip Mc Coy will however fall in love in the middle of the turmoil the pickpocket has unintentionally created.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1930's-1950's Spying & Terrorists    -   Yes Crime & Police Story?    -   Yes Crime story:    -   criminal/victim falls in love with victim/criminal If this is a criminal POV story...    -   white collar fraud/con man The terrorist enemy is...    -   commies/Russian govt

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   thief/con artist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Misc setting    -   sewers/subways

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   non-gory references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Kind of violence:    -   hand to hand    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Any profanity?    -   None

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